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You Are Not Alone

While some women and babies take to breastfeeding easily, many of us need guidance. Breastfeeding is a skill, and whilst it may be a natural one, it takes knowledge and practice.

All of the organisations below will welcome mothers at any stage, whether during pregnancy, or already breastfeeding. If you are struggling, or having doubts, or "just" exhausted, reach out. You're not alone.

 

Finding a local online group (facebook is a great place to look) can be a real life-line.

 

 

This whole Human Milk initiative started on a facebook page!  

Photo from the Human Milk Food Connections Festival event at the Bristol Beacon 2019

International

La Leche League

An international support association with many regional branches in many countries. You can find your local branch on the above link.

The International Lactation Consultants Association Directory

Find a lactation consultant near you using this portal.

Breastfeeding Younger Babies & Beyond

A Facebook support group with both new and experienced mothers giving and receiving support, for babies up to 1 year old. 

Breastfeeding Older Babies & Beyond
A Facebook support group for mothers feeding children over age 1. Also the birthplace of the advert idea! International.

UK Based

Though these organisations and their helplines are UK based, their websites contain excellent and reliable information.

The Association Of Breastfeeding Mothers

A very informative website and a helpline on which to talk with highly trained breastfeeding counsellors. Website international, helpline UK only.

The Breastfeeding Network

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.

La Leche League GB

Providing mother to mother and parent to parent breastfeeding support at meet-ups across Great Britain. Their trained breastfeeding counsellors work as volunteers to provide a network of support options including local calls, a national Helpline, emails and social media.

The Hearts Milk Bank

The UK's first independent milk bank, providing equitable access to donor milk for premature and sick babies, while supporting more mothers to donate milk. Scroll down this page to read more about the Hearts Milk Bank and its umbrella, The Human Milk Foundation.

Breastfeeding And Medication

For anyone worried about whether or not they can take certain medicines whilst breastfeeding.  The reality may differ from what it says on the packaging.

Dr Wendy Jones MBE, BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS has been supporting mothers since 1987, and has saved many breastfeeding journeys.

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Prof Amy Brown

Not a breastfeeding support association, but a treasure trove of evidence based wisdom that supports your instincts and needs, and your baby's too. You'll find books, articles, videos and more on Professor Amy Brown's website.

How you can help support a breastfeeding mum

"Creating a supportive environment where mums can breastfeed more easily is the responsibility of us all. As part of our research at Swansea University we asked over 1000 breastfeeding mums what helped them."

By Prof Amy Brown and the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK.

Frequent Feeding

"When you have a new baby everything can seem a bit overwhelming. One thing lots of new parents worry about is how often their baby breastfeeds, often made worse by people giving their unwanted opinions. To help put your mind at rest we asked nearly 10,000 breastfeeding mothers with a baby aged 0 – 12 months how often their baby fed through the day and night."

By Prof Amy Brown and the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK.

 
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You Are Not Alone

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